JOHANNESBURG - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy is banking on the return of the experienced duo of Teko Modise and Matthew Rusike to help lift his team in the last four matches.
City are going through a rough patch that has seen them go winless in their last four games.
They needed to come from behind to draw 1-1 at Maritzburg United at the weekend as their hopes of a top three finish begin to fade fast. The Capetonians are currently positioned sixth and trail third-placed Maritzburg by six points.
McCarthy believes having Modise and Rusike back will make a huge difference in their effort to move up the table.
“We will give it a go, we have to try and win all our remaining (four) games. And the big positive for me is that I’m getting Teko and Matthew back. For me that’s the key element of what I’m looking forward to in the next game against SuperSport United."
Rusike's return in particular excited the coach.
"I’m going to have Matthew, who’s hungry. He came here as the answer to our goal scoring problem but he got injured at the wrong time. But now he will come back and hopefully he can solve our problem,” McCarthy explained.
Looking back at the draw at Maritzburg, a result attained thanks to an equaliser by substitute Masoud Juma, McCarthy lamented their inability to capitalise on their opportunities.
“We are creating chances but we don’t have a hungry striker who wants to score more than 10 or even 15 goals in a season.”
Their struggles aside, McCarthy believes a top three spot is not out of reach.
#MondayMotivation goes to #30 Craig Martin for his Man of the Match display in our 1-1 draw with Maritzburg!
Martin’s workrate and resilience was evident once again.tormenting the Maritzburg defence for 90 minutes! #iamCityFC #Martin30 pic.twitter.com/98wnByGcsG
“We can still finish third but even if we don’t, it is not going to be a problem. I’ve been in the job for eight months. The previous coach (Eric Tinkler) had 10 years over me."
The former Bafana Bafana striker feels it is a bit unfair of people to compare him with his predecessor and argues that he has actually done pretty well so far, highlighting his taking City to the MTN8 final where they lost to Tinkler's SuperSport United.
"I haven’t even finished a year in my coaching journey but I have tasted playing in the final, quarterfinal and I’m sixth on the log. I think people can give me a little bit of a break and say 'well done young man we thought you were going to fail miserably and relegate Cape Town City'."